Shearer desperate for momentum
Newcastle manager Alan Shearer is desperate for his side to use a rediscovered winning feeling to their advantage in the fight for Premier League survival. The Magpies came from behind to record a vital 3-1 win over Tyne-Tees foes Middlesbrough in Monday's thrilling derby and moved out of the drop zone as a result. After the high-octane encounter at St James' Park, which was as memorable as November's stalemate at The Riverside was forgettable, Shearer is desperate to maintain momentum. In the process of defeating Boro, the former Newcastle and England captain recorded his first maximum-point haul since returning to the club on a short-term managerial basis at the start of April. And Shearer is now keen for more of the same at home to Fulham on Saturday, telling the Newcastle Chronicle: "We've got the winning feeling back. "Let's keep it going - it's been a long time in coming so let's use it to our advantage. Let's believe we can go on and win the next two games. "Why shouldn't we? If we put in that performance on Saturday against Fulham we'll get another big result." The victory over Boro not only boosted Newcastle's hopes of a continued top-flight existence, it also pushed their North-East neighbours further towards the Championship. Shearer's side overtook Hull City in 17th position on goal difference following the win but, with two games to play, 19th-placed Boro's future looks less rosy. Gareth Soutgate's injury-hit troops sit three points from safety ahead of matches with Aston Villa and West Ham, and Shearer feels for his former international team-mate. He added: "I have got sympathy for Boro. As much as we're on a high, they will be on a low. "I've got sympathy for Gareth, but we're here to do our job for Newcastle and nobody else."
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